This is Part 5 of the Travel Hacking Series, so may be a bit confusing if you are not familiar with the points game. If you are still paying for flights and hotels, you may want to start with Travel Hacking: Is it Right for You?, or read on for inspiration. While I take advantage of award nights and status through a variety of hotel cards (Marriott, SPG, Hyatt, Hilton, and IHG), this post focuses on optimizing point usage with hotel bookings. Read on to find out how to use half the points of booking through a hotel portal.
The whole point of getting points is to use points. In this post I will share an example of a point booking I just made for my family for an upcoming trip to Japan. I ended up booking economy one-way tickets with American Airlines and Singapore Airlines using 280k points for 8 one-way flights between California and Japan. The cost for these flights would have been $9.2k (closer to $6k if booked as RT).
This is the third in a series of posts on Travel Hacking, so please read the first two in order to understand if you meet the basic qualifiers such as credit score, and to ensure you are lined up with the right tools to avoid mistakes. Happy hacking!
So you’re ready to start amassing points, but not quite sure where to begin? You came to the right place! If you didn’t read Travel Hacking: Is it Right for You?, I suggest giving it a quick read, particularly the qualifiers.
Travel hacking, in its broadest sense, is really anything you do to optimize travel, whether by saving money or increasing efficiency through tools and tricks (hacks). The focus of this post, and the common definition, is all about playing the credit card points game to get free airfare and hotel points/stays.